Recent rain has ranchers feeling optimistic - KOTA Territory News

Recent rain has ranchers feeling optimistic


Welcome to the Philip Livestock Auction.

Ranchers from around western South Dakota are buying and selling cattle.

But something about today seems different, and its something sale barn owner, Thor Roseth says is good for everyone. 

"we're seeing less cattle and more seasonal runs, if it had remained dry we would have seen a whole lot more cow calf pairs,"said Roseth.

Recent moisture is greening up pasture land and has produced a decent hay crop.

"If we didn't get the rains we would be selling a lot more cattle out of cow calf pairs and if the drought had continued to cover a wide area the prices would be depressed,"said Roseth. 

Unfortunately, that rain didn't come soon enough for some.

"Personally we ended up dispersing our herd this spring due to the drought and that was back in may before the area did get all this moisture,"said Dan Piroutek

Leading to a loss on some of the cattle sold.

"Those cattle are worth about 200 to 300 dollars more a head than on the day we sold them," said Piroutek.

 But even those who took a hit will agree the outlook is bright.

 "that rain has slowed down the cattle sales,"said Piroutek

"It looks a lot better now,"said Roseth.

Roseth says that cattle runs vary by season.In the slower summer The Philip Livestock Auction can bring in 400 to 500 hundred head of cattle to sell, while in the busier winter it can bring in up to 8000.


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